I have had a few emails asking me if it is possible to use an Irish proxy or VPN program to watch other channels. So I thought I'd try a few out, the one I'm trying here is accessing a station called RTE player which is an Irish TV Channel.
I initially used Identity Cloaker to access this channel, but RTE recently updated the flash player it uses for RTE player which blocks just using an Irish proxy. So although Identity Cloaker also has a VPN mode built in I find another program a little easier to use for called Smart DNS Proxy.
Can you Watch RTE in the UK or US ?
Well first of all I had to test it, I tried to access RTE from the UK first but without much luck. Here's the screen I got. As you can see it detected that I wasn't trying to access from the Republic or Northern Ireland by my IP address and so blocked my access.
Not a great surprise, seemingly everything you do online nowadays is tailored to your location and crucially your IP address.
Although this is very annoying if you happen to be living or working abroad. The person who asked me to access this was a student from Ireland studying in the US, she just wanted to watch the Late Show on RTE.
Anyway now I have a chance to access the same page after connecting through one of Overplays Irish VPN servers.
Here's the program, it's very simple and is not much more than a little drop down box that sits in your Task bar. This is the PC version here, but the Mac version is very similar. You simply select one of the Irish proxies and select connect.
Of course if I'm just surfing anonymously, which country is not that important, but to bypass the IP restrictions of most media sites online you have to select the right country. So for BBC you need to choose a UK server, Hulu and all the US stations need a US server and so on. The network is growing fast so you have access to a lot of the worlds media now with this program.
In fact they now have servers in the following locations Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italian, Dutch, Japan, USA, UK to name just a few - plus unlike many companies you get access to all of them for your subscription. Many companies just let you have access to one country and charge extra for access to the others.
There is some incredible content available over the world through these connections - try checking out the US TV channels, the Canadian or Australian there are loads of fantastic content. I actually use the French servers a lot as my kids can practice their French by watching their favorite shows on M6 Replay (the French Media Player). Others are the amazing Pandora, the online jukebox which is restricted to the US.
Anyway here we're just concerned with using the Irish proxy in order to connect to the RTE player web site.
You'll need to restart your browser when you connect through a proxy server or VPN.
So I select an Irish proxy and restarted my browser. You can see the change straight away, what you see is decided by your IP address, my home page has switched to Google.IE and all my search results would now be based on Irish results.
This would happen whilst I was connected to
the Irish proxy by default. But what I wanted to check was if I still got blocked from the RTE Player web site.
Well I went to the RTE player web site and it worked straight away, here's the same web page as above when I accessed via the Irish proxy server.
Here you can see I was able to access the RTE player with no restrictions because it believed I had an Irish IP address. If you're outside the country and not using some Irish proxy or VPN then you'd get the international version which allows limited access.
Just as I can watch BBC Iplayer, ITV, Channel 4 by choosing a UK server or Hulu, NBC and Pandora selecting a US Server.
Once you see how easy it is to use and the amazing shows that you can stream from all across the globe it will open up the internet so much more. You will never get blocked based on location at all, just as long as Overplay have a server for it.
They're definitely the best choice for an Irish server. Try it out, the subscriptions are monthly and you can cancel whenever you like. Most of the other TV proxy companies are charging more than they do for a solitary country - you get over 20 with Overplay.
Update, there's a better value solution now from a company that is using Smart DNS - it's cheaper than a VPN and works fine for RTE. There is also a 14 date free trial here, that way you can test it out for free.